Vapbr in the Qualitative Landscape

By Connie Michele Morey.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This paper investigates the current position of visual arts practice-based research within the qualitative landscape. The writing is rooted in the thesis that “the imaginative and intellectual work undertaken by artists is a form of research” (Sullivan, 2005, p. xi). Prior to Frayling’s deliberations in 1993, practice-based research was a peripheral practice, silenced by exclusionary hegemonic tendencies in academic scholarship. Ideological deposits of these biases remain evident in the language and practices of academia. Critical theoretical scholarship from historically silenced groups and disciplines has acted as a catalyst to the re-visioning and positioning of practice-based research within the qualitative arena. This re-visioning has resulted in a shift towards discourse-centred and pluralistic epistemologies, those ways of knowing that propel practice-based research in the visual arts.

Keywords: Visual Arts Practice-Based Research, Arts-Based Research, Qualitative Research, Pluralistic Epistemology, Discourse

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.19-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.536MB).

Connie Michele Morey

Doctoral Student, Art Education, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Connie Michele Morey is a doctoral student in Art Education at the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Victoria in Canada. After finishing a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts (Visual Arts) at the University of Lethbridge in Canada, she travelled to Malaysia where she resided and worked as an artist, writer, curator and visual arts instructor. In 2007, she was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal for her master’s research and shortly thereafter received a graduate fellowship to pursue doctoral studies on arts-based research at the University of Victoria. Her research brings together epistemological dimensions of visual arts practice-based research with the politics of marginalization, critical theory and the history of conventional and emergent forms of qualitative research.

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